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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Photoshop Elements 10 Paperback – Dec 6 2011
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Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something — and skip the long-winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you'll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 160 Photoshop Elements 10 tasks. Each task-based spread covers a single technique, sure to help you get up and running on Photoshop Elements 10 in no time.
You'll learn to:
Import and organize images
Change image resolution
Enhance contrast and exposure
Work with layers and filters
Share photos on Facebook
Designed for visual learners
Two-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modules
Succinct explanations walk you through step by step
Full-color screen shots demonstrate each task
Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks
About the Author
Mike Wooldridge is a writer and web developer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s authored dozens of books for the Visual series. For more information about him and his books, visit www.wooldridge.net.
Brianna Stuart is a writer and busy mom based in the Seattle area. She is also the author of Creating Web Pages Simplified.
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This is by no means an "Inside-Out" type of software manual. It is, rather, sort of a manual in short hand. It is task oriented and loaded with screen shots. Each instruction from the author has a number with a corresponding number marked on a screen shot. So if you want to learn how to crop an image, for example, you can go to the index and look up "crop", and then go to the pages (104-105). You'll find four steps to crop your image with screen shots of the program buttons to click (numbered 1-4) as well as an example of a photo being cropped. To me, this is much quicker to learn than reading a statement such as "Locate the Crop Tool on the Editor Tool Selection Panel (see chaper 2 on Editing Tools) and select the tool by clicking on its icon."
If you believe the best way to learn a new computer skill is to get your hands on the mouse and keyboard then I think this book can speed up your learning curve. You can use this book to become familiar with the progam, its logical design and organization, and the right buttons to push for a particular task. There are 17 chapters so it is not without details, it just has a lot more screen shots and a lot fewer words than most software manuals. Dyslexic folk like me appreciate that.
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